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|11-07-2018, 01:13 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Southwest Oregon, heart left in Alaska
Blog Entries: 1
Jenna has been recommended for cataract surgery. Can anyone who has had this done give me some pointers on what to ask about the procedure and what can be expected in terms of success? I could use all the info I can get.
I have to finance this operation so am looking into options. If anyone has any recommendations (no she isn't insured, sadly, when we got her this wasn't even a thing in our region) I'd be glad to hear them. I am in Southern Oregon.
And no offense to anyone who uses them, but please, not Care Credit. I've dealt with them before and as far as interest rates on balances they are a nightmare. Wouldn't go with them again.
Many thanks in advance.
Jenna Bean ~ ~ An angel on four legs Sometimes I wonder who rescued who?
|02-06-2019, 08:14 PM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Hi, I really donít know anything about cataract surgery, other than iíve heard it is very expensive Iím so sorry I canít help you about that. I live in South Texas in a town of about 120,000 and we donít have a vet that does cataract surgery here. I would probably have to go to Houston to have that done. My fur baby.just turned 13 and she has cataractís too in both eyes. Iím not in a position financially now that I can afford surgery. I did hear it is very expensive. How can a regular vet tell how bad they really are and how well your dogs vision is?
|02-21-2019, 05:20 PM||#3|
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Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: SW USA
I am sorry your baby has cataracts. Yes it is expensive and would be a real pain if you had to travel far for the surgery as it does involve several pre op and follow up visits. As your dog is 13 I would not do the surgery unless the dog is in pain or for some other emergency. It is a difficult procedure which involves a lot of drops in the eyes several times a day and a hard cone. Some dogs don’t mind it, but mine did not like it at all. My dog was only just over a year old when he had surgery in one eye for a juvenile cataract.
Apart from vision loss, the mailn reason for the surgery is to prevent glaucoma, that can be painful. If you decide to look into the surgery with a specialist, please ask many questions about the pros and cons for your particular dog and the risk of glaucoma.
I mainly did it as my dog was so young. He has an immature cataract in the other eye, but is fine. The surgery in the other eye went well. He is now ten years old and I would not do the surgery at his age, unless it was a serious emergency.
But please don’t just take my word for the process as each dog is different and the vet has to decide if surgery is the right thing to do. My cost in CA was $3;500 but I had insurance!
I wish you luck and pray your dog does not need surgery and that she keeps enough vision to enjoy life.
Last edited by dottiesyrky; 02-21-2019 at 05:23 PM.